Friday, May 4, 2007

News Briefs

Electrical work ongoing on Saddle

Eureka Construction is performing electrical work for Idaho Power at the intersection of Saddle Road and Highway 75, and along the east side of Saddle Road to the YMCA project. The period of work will run from roughly 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for three to four weeks.

The contractor began excavating at the Saddle Road and Highway 75 intersection Monday.

For more details on the work progress and schedule, contact Joey Kliegal with Eureka Construction at (208) 280-1140.

Join Mommy & Me

All through the month of May, from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays, the Toy Store in Hailey will offer Mommy & Me gatherings.

Along with contributions by other Hailey Merchants, these events will offer toy tips for tots, fashions for hip moms and kids, food ideas, gardening tips, books, music, door prizes and discounts.

Complete schedules are available at participating businesses: North & Co, Music & Me, diVine, Petals & Stems, Iconoclast Books, Full Moon Steakhouse & Catering, the Golden Elk and The Toy Store.

2 Emericks better than 1

Something truly unusual happened Tuesday night at the monthly meeting of the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority.

Lisa Emerick, the Hailey airport's longtime contract manager, was announced as employee of the year for 2006, nominated by three airport tenant organizations. Airport Manager Rick Baird, her boss, described Emerick as having a "can-do work ethic."

Then, Baird announced that Todd Emerick, Lisa's ex-husband, was picked as airport employee for the first quarter. Todd Emerick has been an airport rescue and fire employee for 12 years.

Both Emericks will receive numerous gifts, including savings bonds.

Convoy to cap airport work

In the last days of the runway reconstruction at Friedman Memorial Airport, drivers along state Highway 75 south of Hailey will see a sight rare in their lifetime.

For eight or nine days without letup, starting in mid-May, huge dump trucks carrying 20 to 22 tons of asphalt each will be rushing their loads throughout the day to complete paving of the 6,600-foot runway.

The month-long closure of the Hailey airport began April 24. It is scheduled to reopen the evening of May 23.

Dave Mitchell, of the airport consulting firm Toothman-Orton Engineering, said some 28,500 tons of asphalt-gravel mix must be moved.

He said trucks would be four minutes apart in their deliveries. A total of 1,425 truck trips will be involved.

Tech guru to speak

Innovative technology is at the heart of most modern economic success stories. The foundation of such endeavors is based on skilled and qualified workers.

On Thursday, May 17, at 4 p.m., the Education Foundation of Blaine County is hosting Bob Lokken at the Community Campus in Hailey. Lokken, a native Idahoan, is know worldwide in the field of technology. He will speak on educational opportunities for local students.

Idaho has a very long way to go to have student graduates compete globally, Lokken said. For more information on seeing Lokken, phone or e-mail Heather Crocker, executive director of the Education Foundation, at 578-5449,

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